The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has released their 2016 lineup, with Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Snoop Dogg and Paul Simon all slated to headline. The list of artists playing JazzFest 2016 is as long and strong as the Mighty Mississippi, with Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Beck, Nick Jonas, J. Cole, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello and Trombone Shorty also slated to play the New Orleans Fair Grounds between April 22nd and May 1st, 2016.
Other notable acts on the lineup include Gary Clark Jr., Bonnie Raitt, Janelle Monae, Maxwell, Flo Rida, Gov’t Mule, Dr. John, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Staples, Lauryn Hill, Brandi Carlile, Jon Batiste, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Isley Brothers and Grace Potter.
Check out the full lineup announcement below:
JazzFest will also feature tribute sets in honor of the late BB King and Allen Toussaint. A New Orleans music legend, Toussaint played JazzFest almost every year for the last few decades. This tribute promises to be a must-see performance, full of surprise guests paying their musical respects to the man who helped define New Orleans funk.
While the performance schedule won’t be released until closer to the festival, the complete lineup and daily breakdown for the 47th annual JazzFest can be found here. Tickets are already on sale and start at only $65 a day for a general admission pass.
In addition to an epic list of performers, JazzFest is also famous for the best festival food in North America. Festival-goers can fuel up with everything from crawfish bread to Cajun duck po-boys. And lots of food fuel is recommended, as JazzFest starts early and ends late.
While JazzFest technically concludes at sundown each night, loads of after-shows are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. “Daze Between” JazzFest are typically just as popular as JazzFest itself, with shows popping up in clubs and theaters all over New Orleans until the early hours of the morning.
See the full 2016 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup below.